The Real History of Angel Island

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Pub Date 01 Jan 2023 | Archive Date 31 Dec 2022
Lerner Publishing Group | Lerner Publications ™

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People often learn about Ellis Island when they are taught the history of immigration in the US. However, many people also came through Angel Island. Discover the history of the Angel Island Immigration Station.

Read Woke™ Books are created in partnership with Cicely Lewis, the Read Woke librarian. Inspired by a belief that knowledge is power, Read Woke Books seek to amplify the voices of people of the global majority (people who are of African, Arab, Asian, and Latin American descent and identify as not white), provide information about groups that have been disenfranchised, share perspectives of people who have been underrepresented or oppressed, challenge social norms and disrupt the status quo, and encourage readers to take action in their community.

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People often learn about Ellis Island when they are taught the history of immigration in the US. However, many people also came through Angel Island...

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Title also available as a paperback $10.99 (978-1-7284-7908-8)

Title also available as a paperback $10.99 (978-1-7284-7908-8)

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This eye-opening book will be a definite purchase when I teach my Embracing Heritage unit on immigration. I was unaware of the differences between Angel Island and Ellis Island as immigration stations and just assumed experiences entering the country at either place were similar. It’s filled with links, primary source documents, and photos. It’s written in a way that has students pause and reflect on what’s presented in each chapter. It’s a perfect classroom resource.

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I had never heard of Angel Island until I read this book. Angel Island was the immigration station for Asian immigrants in San Francisco Bay, CA. This book explains what it was and how the Asian people, especially the Chinese people, were treated as they waited to gain entrance to the United States. There is a illuminating chart that compares Angel Island to Ellis Island to show the differences. The text is broken into short chapters with Did You Know? sections, black and white and color photographs, and Reflect questions. These questions encourage the reader to think about what they just read and connect to their life and current world situation. I could see this book generating great classroom or small group conversations or lead to personal exploration into learning more about this real piece of history. At the end of the book, there are videos, websites, and books to learn more about Angel Island. I would recommend this non-fiction text to classrooms from third to sixth grade. There are five other titles in the "Left Out of History" book series that I now need to go find.

Thank you Lerner Publishing Group and Net Galley for an ARC of The Real History of Angel Island by Carol Kim in exchange for an honest review.

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This was an amazing read. As a social studies teacher I am constantly reading nonfiction books to help me learn new things and that’s the reason I requested this book. Angle Island was something I hadn’t heard of before reading this. This would be a great addiction to an immigration unit and is something I will tell my students about.

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